In July 2018, grassroots groups started talking about building power to transform our criminal legal system in Queens. Those conversations led to the founding of Queens for DA Accountability, a coalition centering black and brown, TGNC, immigrant/migrant, indigenous and other communities directly impacted by incarceration. Through community organizing, civic engagement, and narrative change, we will build power for our movements’ most expansive vision of decriminalization, decarceration and transformative justice while pushing the DA to take immediate steps to reduce harm now.
Every day, the Queens DA Richard Brown puts people in cages in the name of "the People of the State of New York." Richard Brown has been in office since '91 and is a relic of the tough-on-crime era that our city has moved beyond. Queens DA sends more people to Rikers Island for misdemeanors than any other DA in NYC. He prosecutes marijuana arrests and fare evasions, while other DAs have eased up. His practices are uniquely punitive, forcing people to waive their speedy trial rights, coercing plea deals, and requesting high bails. He targets vulnerable communities while failing to hold powerful, wealthy people accountable.
Not in our name! Our country is waking up to the role prosecutors play in mass incarceration--that movement has come to Queens. We demand the Queens DA respond to community demands for decarceration.
Color of Change
Make the Road NY
Rockaway Youth Task Force
America's Future Foundation
The Bronx Freedom Fund
Court Watch NYC
Democratic Socialists of America -- Queens
Five Boro Defenders
Gay Men's Health Crisis
Just Leadership USA
Neighbors Against White Supremacy
New Queens Democrats
New York Civil Liberties Union
Queens United Independent People
Survived & Punished
If you are interested in joining the coalition, please email firstname.lastname@example.org